How It Works

The Mouse Cardiovascular Phenotyping Core at Washington University School of Medicine welcomes outside investigators and has extensive experience working with both industry and academic institutions outside Washington University.

Three easy steps

  1. Submit a request for the particular type of work you are interested in.
  2. Schedule a date. We’ll contact you to set up a date for services and discuss transferring/shipping if necessary. Typically, we can schedule experiments within 2 to 3 weeks after your request is submitted.
  3. We do the work. You get the data. The work is completed, we send you the analysis and an invoice for services completed.

Shipping your mice

We frequently accept mice from outside institutions. These mice usually must remain in quarantine for several weeks before work can be performed.

The outside investigator is responsible for the shipping cost.

In addition, a per diem charge for housing the mice and an administrative charge for daily rounding on the mice after a procedure will be added to the total cost for the work requested. The core will provide a “Total Cost Estimate” for outside investigators before scheduling a procedure.


Generally, most procedures generate data within 1-2 weeks. Certain Echocardiographic analysis is a more involved process and may take up to 6 weeks depending on the complexity of analysis.

Visit Services & Data Output to explore available services and to see what data is provided at study end for each procedure. Contact us to discuss custom analyses and reporting.


After the work is completed, both Washington University and outside investigators (academic and industry) will be billed through the purchase order system. Bills can be paid through grants, PO numbers, or bank checks. We do not accept credit card payments.

Mice that do not make it off the surgical table generally are discounted the full price and are listed as a “technical failure.” (There are exceptions to this rule depending on phenotypes.) Investigators are charged full price for procedures on any mouse that recovers to breathing on its own and is returned to the cage but dies at any time thereafter.